BREAKING: Merkel makes historical hire for new head football coach, athletic director

For the first time in history, three brothers will be head coaches of Texas high school football programs simultaneously.

The historical move came on Friday morning when Merkel named Fort Worth Paschal offensive coordinator Will Kates its new head football coach and athletic director during its school board meeting.

Kates comes from a coaching family as he joins two brothers that also lead programs. Matt Kates leads La Grange, a 4A Division II school, while Ged Kates is the head coach at 5A Division I Richland. Will Kates is the youngest of the three. Continue reading “BREAKING: Merkel makes historical hire for new head football coach, athletic director”

COLLEGE SIGNING: Abilene High point guard McGee signs to play for DII Midwestern State

Following a standout high school career that saw him top 1,000 career points and earn first-team All-Big Country Preps honors each of the past two seasons, Abilene High point guard Jalen McGee knew he wanted to play college basketball. He just needed to find the right fit and opportunity.

While it took a little longer than he might have anticipated to materialize, the senior found both at Midwestern State University.

After visiting the Division II school in Wichita Falls last week and receiving a scholarship offer during that trip, McGee announced his commitment on Monday. And on Thursday, he made that pledge official, fulfilling a lifelong dream when he signed his letter of intent with MSU.

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